The Online EdD in Higher Education is now admitting for the Fall and Spring 2020-2021 semesters!
The University of Southern Mississippi is now offering a fully online Higher Education doctorate degree. This redesigned program was built to meet the needs of working educators looking to make a wider impact at the collegiate level.
This synchronous EdD program delivers a professional foundation for graduates looking to generate new knowledge about college-level education. The online Higher Education Doctorate degree gives educators the knowledge to lead their organizations and create innovative new methods for problems solving and motivation.
The practical nature of the program allows students to tackle a real-world issue in their field by participating in a Capstone Project rather than a dissertation. The online Higher Education Doctorate program was built to help your make a larger impact at the collegiate level.
Let The University of Southern of Mississippi help prepare you to conquer the challenges of higher education.
Check out some of the jobs our students are prepared for after earning this degree.
- College President
- University President
- Vice President
For educators looking to making an impact at the building and district levels, check out our online Educational Administration Doctorate degree.
The University of Southern Mississippi is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools of Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). That means you can expect a program with the highest standards and quality.
The Graduate School will be authorizing standardized test waivers to applicants to the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 terms.
EdD Higher Education - 54 hours
Students seeking administrative positions (e.g., student affairs, institutional research and effectiveness, continuing education, and other) are encouraged to pursue the Ed.D. track. A master’s degree in any field is a prerequisite for admission. Program can be completed part-time, or full-time.
Core classes (21 hours):
History of Higher Ed
Finance in Higher Ed
Legal Issues in Higher Ed
Research (9 hours):
Introduction to Educational Research
Capstone (12 hours)
Capstone In Higher Education
Electives (12 hours)
Please note that the above information is meant to be a guide and is not official. For further information regarding courses for this degree, see the University Bulletin. Please be aware that not all course choices listed in the University Bulletin are available online. However, sufficient online options are available to complete this degree.
Frequently Asked Questions
Licensure requirements and approval are determined by each state’s licensing board. For general information about professional licensure, please review the Online Programs & Professional Licensure Page. If you have professional licensing questions regarding licensure relative to one of our online programs, please read our Professional Licensure Disclosure and then fill out the Professional Licensure Inquiry Form. If you have other questions regarding licensure, please email professional licensure.
To apply to the online Higher Education doctorate program, you will need USM application, your resume, a letter of interest, official transcripts, GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation.
The program, including the final Capstone Project, can be completed in nine academic semesters.
Yes. The Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration program is delivered 100% online.
No. The Higher Education doctorate program requires a Capstone Project that addresses a real-world problem of practice.
The prospective student must complete the Graduate School admission application online and pay the application fee at http://apps.usm.edu/graduate-school/grad-school-apps/.
No. There is no out-of-state tuition associated with the program.
In addition to the requirements detailed in Admission Requirements and Procedures, applicants must submit the following documents:
- Rather than using exam scores, having earned a prior degree (MS, MA< MEd) will be accepted in lieu of the GRE.
- Statement of Purpose – In a letter or essay format, describe your professional experiences and goals and how obtaining this degree will help you to realize those goals.
- Three Letters of Recommendation
This program admits new students each fall term. The application priority deadline is February 1. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.